Vine­gar in the gar­den

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

In spite of com­mon per­cep­tion, vine­gar is not an ef­fec­tive her­bi­cide. Vine­gar will in­deed burn the her­ba­ceous parts of plants but won’t kill the roots. This is as true of the 20 per cent acetic acid vine­gars sold as her­bi­cides as it is of the five per cent kitchen va­ri­ety.

Cre­ate a vine­gar trap

Take a 2-litre soda bot­tle and add the chopped up peel of one banana to one cup of sugar, one cup wa­ter and one cup of ap­ple cider. Shake well then hang in a tree to catch fly­ing in­sects or lay it on the ground to get the crawlers.

Get tough-shelled seeds started.

Woody seeds, such as moon­flower, pas­sion­flower, morn­ing glory and gourds can be nicked or rubbed with sand­pa­per, then left overnight in a so­lu­tion of two cups cider vine­gar and two cups warm wa­ter. Rinse be­fore plant­ing the next morn­ing.

Ant hills

Spray a mix­ture of equal parts wa­ter and white vine­gar around and onto an anthill. They dis­like the smell of vine­gar and will move out. If you’re hav­ing a pic­nic, spray the area to keep them away.

Cut flow­ers

Add two ta­ble­spoons of ap­ple cider vine­gar along with two ta­ble­spoons of sugar to the vase wa­ter for cut flow­ers. The vine­gar will ster­il­ize the wa­ter and the sugar will stim­u­late the flow­ers. Change the wa­ter and re­new the mix­ture ev­ery few days.


Soak used corn­cobs with vine­gar and leave them around the veg­gie patch. Re­new ev­ery cou­ple of weeks to dis­cour­age rab­bits. Vine­gar will also send cats pack­ing.


Three ta­ble­spoons of ap­ple cider vine­gar to one gal­lon wa­ter sprayed on black spot or other fun­gal dis­ease wlll stop its growth. It will not re­verse any cur­rent dam­age.

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